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“Why Documents Matter” – November 29, 6-8 PM

The NYU English Department and the Workshop in Archival Practice present
“Why Documents Matter: The Materiality of Literature”
Kristina Lundblad, Lund University Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences
November 29, 6:00-8:00 PM; 19 University Place, Room 222
Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served

Kristina Lundblad, senior lecturer at Lund University’s Division for ALM and Book History, will present her research on the history of publishers’ book-bindings and discuss new ways of thinking about what book history can show us. Lundblad asks us to broaden our understanding of the materiality of literature to include not only the histories of books’ production and circulation but also ideas about what materiality does on a more ecological and psychological level. What are the major differences between digital materiality and analogue materiality when it comes to books and how do these differences impact archival studies?


The View From Left Field: Nov 1, 6-8 PM

Workshop in Archival Practice: The View From Left Field
November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM
19 University Place, Room 222

Supported by the NYU Graduate Program in English and Co-Sponsored by the Modern and Contemporary Colloquium
Workshop Leaders
Shelley Rice, Arts Professor in Department of Photography and Imaging and
Department of Art History and Exhibition Co-Curator
Jonno Rattman, Exhibition Co-Curator
Hillel Arnold, Project Archivist and Exhibition Consultant

Exhibition Information: The View from Left Field is currently on view (through November 17th) in the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University: 721 Broadway, 8th Floor. The exhibition is dedicated to Michael Nash.

You can read more about the exhibition in a blog post by Shelley Rice here.

Event Description: What does it take to bring images from the archives into the classroom and onto gallery walls? The View From Left Field, an exhibition co-curated by Professor Shelley Rice, Jonno Rathman and the late Michael Nash, answers this question by demonstrating the evolution of what Professor Rice has called a “world in a box”—an exhibition of photographs that grew from Professor Rice’s Fall 2011 seminar, “Toward a Critical Vocabulary” and has emerged as a showcase of the Daily Worker/Daily World Photographs Collection, part of the archives of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) at New York University’s Tamiment Library & Robert Wagner Labor Archives. The View From Left Field marks an unprecedented fusion of pedagogy with institutional collaboration and offers its viewers a window into the histories of photography, journalism, American diplomacy and the lived reality of citizens in the grip of a 20th century indelibly marked by the Cold War. Co-curators Shelley Rice and Jonno Rattman, along with project archivist Hillel Arnold, will speak about their experiences in designing and implementing The View From Left Field and will take your questions about the challenges and rewards of their innovative and in-depth engagement with the Tamiment Library’s archival holdings. Open to students, archivists and faculty from any department or institution.


Show and Prove 2012: tomorrow, Saturday March 31

I am thrilled to be moderating a roundtable discussion, “Hip Hop & the Archives,” as a part of Show and Prove 2012, a day-long conference at NYU tomorrow. Please join us for an exciting and productive discussion with an outstanding group of panelists:

Katherine A. Reagan, Curator of Rare Books, Cornell University
Ben Ortiz, Curatorial Assistant, Hip Hop Collection, Cornell University
Martha Diaz, Founding Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Hip Hop Education Center
Dr. Nicole Hodges-Persley, Assistant Professor of Theater Studies, Hip Hop Archive
Dr. Mary Fogarty, Assistant Professor of Dance Studies, York University
Tahir Hemphill, Founder of The Hip Hop Word Count

Time: 1:00 PM; Location: 721 Broadway, 6th Floor, Room 612 (NYU Performance Studies)

You can find more information and a complete schedule for the conference here.

Events this Week: Jennifer Horne tomorrow and the Sylvestor Manor Working Group on Wednesday

Two events of interest are happening around NYU this week – check them out!
Welcome to the Nanny State: Spectacles of Child-Saving and the Films of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, a talk by Jennifer Horne

Tuesday October 25, 4 pm, Payne Room, Pless Hall 4th Floor, NYU

During the first thirty years of the twentieth century, the newly-born American underwent a most dramatic transformation in the popular imagination. From near public indiscernibility, the child became a central figure on the national stage and a catalyst for reform: a figure, specifically, of vulnerability, deserving of social welfare and specialized care. Custodianship of this figure took three new professional-official forms: Progressive education campaigns against early childhood death and disease; the development of a new branch of medicine, pediatrics; and the creation, by the federal government, of the Children’s Bureau, which would oversee the welfare of children through data collection. This presentation addresses the films of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, focusing on a quartet of neo-natal education films produced between 1919 and 1926, all made for the agency by educational film pioneer Carlyle Ellis. The results of the bureau’s industrious data collection and analysis were broadcast through a battery of print, graphic, audio and audio-visual formats. Motion pictures were added to the panoply of commonly used administrative tools not because of their accuracy or any claim to documentary authenticity, but because it was understood that, in their dramatic and affective technique, films could help deliver an image of civic liveness and community livelihood.

Jennifer Horne is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and former Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Catholic University. She has a PhD from the Program in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society at the University of Minnesota.  Her forthcoming book is entitled People-Making Motion Pictures: Spectatorship, American Citizenship, and the Better Films Movement.

The Sylvester Manor Working Group

Unearthed Articles and Discovered Dissertations
Wednesday, October 26th
The Berol Room at Fales Library
(3rd fl Bobst)
12:30 to 1:30 pm

So NYU is currently examining the archives and excavating the grounds of Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island. . . What does that mean TO ME?? What is the Sylvester Manor Project? What use could the collection be to me?

Come hear graduate student LIZA HARRELL-EDGE and recent NYU history Ph.D. NOAH GELFAND talk about working with the collection and the numerous opportunities that await scholars from a variety of fields including:

-Literary Studies
-Food Studies
-Plantation History and the History of Slavery
-Indian Law

Reminder: Underground Archives, Hidden Archives, Community Archives – This Afternoon!

Please join us for this Archives and Public History Brown Bag: a conversation among Andrew Flinn, Jack Tchen and Jackie Goldsby, moderated by Laura Helton. 2 PM at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute, 41-51 East 11th Street, 7th Floor. Click here to RSVP.

April 15: Underground Archives, Hidden Archives, Community Archives

Please join us for this exciting event, part of the NYU Archives and Public History Brown Bag Series! Andrew Flinn, Jackie Goldsby and Jack Tchen will be in conversation with Laura Helton at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute from 2-4 PM this Friday. See you there!

Today and This Weekend: Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Conference

This fantastic conference put on by our Archives and Communities collaborators at the New School began today, but there are many great panels and talks still to come! Check them out here.

The conference’s keynote, Diana Taylor on “Digital Memories,” is tomorrow:

FEATURING: Friday, March 25

6:30-9:00 p.m.: Keynote

Digital Memories, by Diana Taylor

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, Theresa Lang Center
Followed by a reception